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Definition of "tide" []

  • The periodic variation in the surface level of the oceans and of bays, gulfs, inlets, and estuaries, caused by gravitational attraction of the moon and sun. (noun)
  • A specific occurrence of such a variation: awaiting the next high tide. (noun)
  • Flood tide. (noun)
  • Tidal force. (noun)
  • Something that fluctuates like the waters of the tide: a rising tide of discontent. See Synonyms at flow. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tide" in a sentence
  • "'There is a tide in the affairs of men' -- you know the rest; and you know also that 'tide and time wait for no man. '"
  • "1000 Movies in One Year Bama fan and Darrell Hackney groupie attempts the impossible: 1000 movies in one year AL. com's Blog Tide, tide, and mo 'tide by the snazzily named Greg Wingo."
  • "This account of how different sea anemone colonies battle for space in tide-pools while the tide is out is amazing -- real red-in-tooth-and-claw stuff."